What you'll want this month:

How your baby is developing: This month your toddler is focusing on mastering and fine-tuning their skills. Most toddlers are walking and able to squat down to pick up a toy off the floor and stand up again without losing their balance.

Climbing continues to be big fun and they may try to climb bigger and better things. They like to push things around the floor, whether it is a chair or a box, but they are not quite at the age where they know to push the chair up to the table to get the markers. Your toddler is becoming quite proficient at climbing into, onto, and under anything and everything. They can climb up stairs and climb back down them on their own – they may kick up a fuss if you try to help.

Your toddler is watching you, paying attention to the tools you use daily, and wants to use them as well. Things that jingle: keys, a group of spoons, and steel measuring cups instantly grab their attention. Your toddler may insist on brushing their own hair, wearing bracelets and other jewelry, even inserting a tape into the VCR.

Vacuuming and sweeping can be a chore if you don't pause and let them help you push it along for a little while. You can use this eagerness to help to your advantage. Encourage your toddler to help you put the toys away, put dirty clothes in the hamper, and self-feed without throwing food on the floor.

Toddlers still want to entertain, show off their new and mastered skills, and expect to be applauded. They really want your attention and will do anything to get it – good and bad. When they want something, they may grab it out of your hands. They love you to death, but that does not mean they want to share or hand anything over when you ask them. Bossiness and stubbornness rear their ugly heads this month as your toddler begins to assert their wants and needs. Things do calm down over the next couple of months – have patience.

Fun games and activities to play: Your baby likes to mimic your actions, so use this eagerness to mimic and help to your advantage.

  • When you need to dust, give your toddler a feather duster, put on some music, and dance around the house together dusting as you go.
  • Toddlers like to hold things for you until you need them. When hanging the laundry outside to dry, give your toddler the bucket of clothespins and let them be in charge of handing them to you when you need them.
  • Go to a hilly area of your local park and roll down the hills with your toddler, then crawl back up them and roll down again.

As each month passes, your toddler is becoming more like a little person. You will want baby products that help them become that little person.

  • A peg board set at toddler height, so your toddler can hang up their baby outdoor gear just like you hang up your adult version.
  • A set of blank keys on a big key ring and a backpack to put them in.
  • Educational and interactive kids DVDs or VHS tapes that your toddler can insert into a player with you and then press the Play button all on their own.
  • A set of interconnecting building blocks or bricks for your toddler to attach and pull apart.

Make your toddler feel special with these baby products at eighteen months.

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